A local developer who wants to build a car wash at 860 Center St. is in a bit of a dilemma.
Emery J. Simon asked the Village Board Monday night whether it would consider allowing the crews working on reconstructing Center Street currently to pass the section in front of his lot so crews will not have to later dig up the sidewalk to install drainage.
Simon said that he is putting off building the car wash until the spring.
He added that he wants Accadia Enterprises Inc. of Lancaster, which won the $2.2 million village contract to do the street work, to allow him some time to complete the infrastructure.
However, Craig Wilson of Wendel Engineers, which represents the Village Board, told him that crews would be digging in front of Simon's place today.
Mayor Richard F. Soluri acknowledged that it doesn't make much sense to tear up new sidewalks.
Robert H. Westfall, project engineer for the road reconstruction, said after the meeting, "Nobody's acting maliciously. It's just bad timing."
The project includes repaving the road, building an information center, a continuation of a walkway, plantings, trees and new lighting.
In addition, there will be new curbs, sidewalks and signs along a 3-mile section of Center Street.
In another matter, the board voted 4-0, with Trustee Kenneth J. Kenney absent, to table until Oct. 4 action on a special-use permit for Christine Scalise to operate a bed and breakfast at 427 Plain St.
Five residents spoke on the plan, with two speaking against it, one speaking for it, and two taking no stand.
Elizabeth "Betty" Lazeski of 481 Plain St. said that she is a member of the village's Historic District Association, which is against the plan.
Norma Hyla of 424 Plain St. said she was also against the plan. She said police officers and firefighters were called to two of the three apartments in the building, which is zoned for two-family uses.
The board directed Lewiston Police Cpl. Alan Baird, who was at the meeting in place of Police Chief Ronald R. Winkley, to investigate the complaints concerning problems at the apartments.
Soluri said the board will probably make a decision on the special-use permit at its next meeting Oct. 4.